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‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ 10 Years Later

Charles Holmes and cohost Grace Spelman break down the creation of Frank Ocean’s project with help from the team that witnessed an unknown Lonny Breaux transform into an elusive virtuoso heralded worldwide

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Ten years ago, Frank Ocean changed the landscape of popular music with a mixtape called Nostalgia, Ultra. This week, Charles Holmes and cohost Grace Spelman break down the creation of the project with help from the team that witnessed an unknown Lonny Breaux transform into an elusive virtuoso heralded worldwide. With early studio stories from production duo Midi Mafia (6:40), a look into Frank’s writing and recording processes with engineer Reggie Rojo Jr., (24:00) and a retracing of a young Frank’s media rise with former Fader editor-in-chief Matthew Schnipper (38:50), this episode explores the full history and lasting legacy of Frank’s debut.

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